Ewan McGregor to Play Adult Danny Torrance in Doctor Sleep

Ewan McGregor

Variety's sources say King gave the casting his blessing.

While the world wonders about his potential involvement in the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie that looks more and more likely in the wake of Solo's release, Ewan McGregor might have just bagged a huge role in another franchise entirely.

Ewan McGregor is set to star in the film based on the novel Doctor Sleep and apparently has King's approval to play the adult Dan Torrance.

Doctor Sleep will be directed by Mike Flanagan, who helmed the horror movies Oculus, Absentia and Ouija: Origin of Evil. Following the success of New Line's "It", every studio with any sort of King IP under its roof has fast-tracked each property into pre-production.

Doctor Sleep picks up with Danny decades after the events of The Shining, when he follows in his father's footsteps of alcoholism and anger issues, blotting out his lingering trauma and his "shining" abilities with his drinking problems.

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Although Stanley Kubrick's The Shining became a cult classic, King was famously dissatisfied with the 1980 adaptation, and went on to write his own 1997 television miniseries.

"Come play with us Danny".

However, his powers return when he sobers up and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice, where he establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities. At the time, the film was considered a box office disappointment, earning $44 million on a $19 million budget.

McGregor can next be seen in Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" adaptation "Christopher Robin".

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